Construction & Workplace Accidents
Some of the most dangerous types of jobs involve construction work. People in this industry often deal with heavy equipment, precarious workplace environments, electrical systems, or exposure to dangerous chemicals and the elements. Each year, thousands of construction workers fall victim to serious, life-threatening, or potentially fatal accidents. Understanding your rights and consulting a personal injury attorney is critical to pursuing the compensation that you deserve and ensuring that you are treated fairly. The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to injured workers in most situations, and there are also some circumstances in which an injured employee may be able to bring a legal claim against a third party responsible for an accident. Dedicated Columbia construction accident lawyer Matt Uhrig has substantial experience counseling and representing injured employees throughout Missouri.Exploring Your Options after a Construction Accident or Other Workplace Injury
The types of injuries that a worker may experience on a construction site are virtually endless. Falls from scaffolding may result in serious broken bones and head traumas. Many workers run the risk of being struck by heavy equipment or equipment that malfunctions as the result of inadequate maintenance. Chemical exposure is also a serious threat, potentially causing lung injuries, brain trauma, and disfigurement. Electrical accidents, explosions, and fires also may cause disfiguring and potentially fatal injuries and may be extremely difficult to overcome. Car crashes are another common way that construction workers are hurt, especially when they must travel frequently to and from a job site. Statistics show that over half of workplace injuries involve employees who are younger than 45, meaning that the consequences may affect the victim for many years to come.
If you have been injured on the job, it is critical to seek prompt medical attention. This will not only ensure that you receive appropriate care but also create a record of the nature and extent of your injuries. Next, you should consider filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim as well as possibly bringing a third-party personal injury claim. Workers’ compensation is a system of no-fault insurance that is meant to substitute for bringing a lawsuit against your employer in court. These benefits may be available even if you were responsible for causing the accident. In general, workers’ compensation benefits are assessed according to whether your injury is temporary or permanent and whether it is total or partial. There are very limited situations in which a worker will be allowed to sue the employer directly in lieu of receiving benefits through the workers’ compensation system, such as instances in which the employer engages in intentional or egregious conduct that harms the worker.
In some situations involving construction accidents and other workplace injuries, a third party other than the employer or a co-worker may have been at least partly responsible. When this happens, an injured worker can bring a personal injury claim against that third party, such as a manufacturer of defective parts or an entity that failed to properly maintain or secure a construction site. These claims require proving the fault of the third party, often defined as a failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. Additional types of compensation may be available in these cases that go beyond what workers’ compensation benefits may provide, such as compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic forms of harm.Contact a Columbia Lawyer for a Construction Accident Claim
If you have been hurt on the job, experienced Columbia construction accident attorney Matt Uhrig is prepared to assist you with seeking the benefits and potentially additional compensation that you deserve. Understanding your rights, investigating your claim, collecting evidence, and dealing with insurance companies can be particularly difficult when you are recovering from a devastating accident. At the Law Offices of Matt Uhrig, we have guided injured workers throughout Missouri, including in Ashland and Jefferson City. We provide a free consultation to discuss your situation and how we may be able to assist you. Call us at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up an appointment with a personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney.